The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

June 14, 2013

Rallies supporting voting rights held across state

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As many as several hundred protesters were expected Friday afternoon at the state Capitol to show their support for the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

The US. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of the month on whether to uphold sections 4b and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The sections are being challenged by officials in Shelby County.

The sections require Shelby County and communities in 16 other states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain preclearance from the U.S. Justice Department before making any changes to voting procedures or electoral maps.

Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at rallies earlier Friday in Birmingham, Selma and in Shelby County. Farrakhan said participating in the rallies has "been a very powerful experience."

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee